- District 4
Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi serves as the Assistant Director of Public Service at USD Law, where she directs the law school’s Pro Bono Program, serves as an advisor to the next generation of social justice attorneys to help launch their public interest careers, and teaches a Poverty Law course to upper-level law students.
From 2014 to 2017, she served as San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s Pro Bono Manager and Supervising Attorney, where she oversaw civil legal services for homeless veterans and persons with HIV/AIDS, and supervised attorneys on cases involving public benefits, health law, disability discrimination, and affordable housing. Prior to that, she served as a Staff Attorney and then a Managing Attorney for Legal Services of Northern California in Sacramento, where she practiced poverty law, representing low-income families in eviction and public benefits cases, and served on the California Elder Justice Coalition to address and advise on elder abuse legislation. She started her poverty law career in 2010 under funding from President Obama's Recovery and Reinvestment Act through which she represented low-income families in eviction and public benefit cases in rural Mendocino County, and organized the first of now-annual naturalization workshops for indigent immigrants.
As an immigrant herself, Parisa actively represents immigrants, communities of color, and low-income families in civil rights, race equity, and affordable housing cases on a pro bono basis. In 2018 and 2019, the State Bar of California awarded her the Wiley W. Manuel Award and the Distinguished Service Award for her pro bono work.